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11/14/2011

HP TouchSmart 320 PC Review and Giveaway


Our house is full of all types of gadgets but only one desktop computer. The kids are getting to the age where they need to use the computer more for homework, not to mention that they would like to use it more for games, so my husband and I recently started discussing purchasing a second desktop. Secretly I think my husband only agreed because he was tired of hearing me say, "I am going to need the computer" every time he sat down to use it.

Because a new computer would be primarily for the kids, we knew for sure that we wanted it in a common area of the house where we could monitor the games they were playing and, more importantly, the sites they were visiting. The only problem is that in our current home there isn't a lot of extra space in those rooms.

We knew we needed an all-in-one type computer, so that we didn't have to carve out space for a tower, and that we would prefer not to have cords hanging all over the place. It was about that time that I was contacted about reviewing the HP TouchSmart 320 with AMD Vision Technology.  After checking out the computer online, we knew it fit all of our requirements and more.

The HP TouchSmart 320 also had a touch display. I wasn't sure it would impress the kids, since they already have handheld devices of one sort or another with touch screens, but I personally I feel that activities that take advantage of a touch screen encourage more creativity and provide a better opportunity for interactive learning.

A few days later when the kids got home from school they were surprised to find a new desktop waiting for them.


Wow, was I wrong at how impressed they would be with the touch screen! I wish I would have caught my three year old daughter on video when she exclaimed, "You can click it with your finger? That is so COOL!"


They have had free range for the past week to explore all of the fun features. They have used the webcam to talk to their dad, who travels for work, experienced games on their favorite sites in a new way, played a little too much Angry Birds, created slideshows with their pictures, and doodled masterpieces on the magic canvas.

On the magic canvas you can draw pictures and write notes right on the desktop of the computer. The kids love using it to create their own backgrounds from their works of art, and I love that I can write notes for them that they can't miss.



The computer is eventually going to make it onto the little island on my side of the kitchen where I stack all the kids' paperwork and the mail. I will be able to help them with homework, monitor their computer time, and even look up a recipe while cooking.

Plus, since it already has a TV tuner, I can hook it up to our cable television service and watch TV on the 20 inch HD display or listen to music with Beats Audio. The video playback is really crisp and smooth with AMD's VISION technology. Now if only it would wash the dishes!

You can check out the HP TouchSmart 320 for yourself, and once you decide that it needs to make its way onto your Christmas list, they are available at HP Direct for $599.99. And if you leave a comment on this post telling me how you think the HP TouchSmart 320 would change your life, you will be entered in a random drawing for a chance to win a new HP TouchSmart of your own, provided by HP.


Rules:
No duplicate comments.
You may receive (2) total entries between 11/14/11 and 12/16/11 by selecting from the following entry methods:
a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.
Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.
You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.


****Disclaimer****
Each comment posted in response to the prompt garners an automatic entry into a random drawing for a new HP TouchSmart 320 provided by HP. Comments will be pooled from all blogs, as only one TouchSmart will be given away, click here to check out the other reivews. Prize and promotional support provided by HP.


I was given a HP Touchsmart 320 for the purpose of reviewing and sharing my thoughts with you. All opinions are my own.

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Anonymous said...

it woul dhelp my son learn computers because the touchscreen would make it easier for him
nannypanpan at gmail.com

sarah said...

this would improve my life because we would no longer have to share our computer, and despite what we learned in kindergarten, sharing is not always good!
stigay at comcast.net

Lynn said...

It would make my work life less stressful by making it easier to do work from home!

rawrms (at) gmail (dot) com

Lynn said...

Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/#!/livelovelynn/status/143523477121548288

rawrms (at) gmail (dot) com

Heather7024 said...
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Heather7024 said...

Here's my Tweet!!

https://twitter.com/#!/hrw2010/status/143621740319358976

Anonymous said...

How cool! My kids would love this.

wendyzimm@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

A faster computer would mean that my kids could play their preschool math games without getting the "low memory" error. It is hard being a single dad but a new computer is what happiness is made of. It would be great. God Bless.
THANKS for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!!

Scott Martin
spmartin122 at gmail dot com

katzkids by Kathy D. said...

It would really change our lives.We would all use it to play games,watch movies and it would be a great learning tool for the kids.Thanks for the giveaway:)
kats7960@gmail.com

jennifer said...

this would totally simply my life! i save a lot of recipes online on our desktop (we currently don't have a laptop in our home). i hate to print out a recipe in the event our family doesn't like it...why waste the paper. i often have my young daughter TRY to use the desktop to read me parts of the recipe while im in the kitchen but she has trouble navigating the mouse and around the webpage. this touch screen would help so much (and she would feel like such a big girl!)

Annette D said...

Wow! This computer is so awesome! It would be perfect for our family computer! I would put it in our kitchen so that it would be available for everyone to use. Thanks for the chance.
jedoggett@embarqmail.com

Annette D said...

tweet http://twitter.com/#!/annedoggett/status/143893141215395840
jedoggett@embarqmail.com

vermonter said...

This would change my life by being able to see and chat with my grandchildren daily. What better way to stay in contact and being able to amybe start a job from home. This is just what I have wanted.
vermonter34(at)gmail(dot)com

camg123 said...

Oh, not to have to fight my husband over our desk top!! And I could entice grandchildren over with cookies and computer time!!

Carly Johnson said...

Winning this would be another amazing step to growing my photography business. Thanks for the review and the giveaway.

Lindsay {Shrimp} said...

The Touchsmart would change my life by enabling me to pour more time into my new graphic design and photography hobby. My laptop can't even run Photoshop anymore because it's so old and slow. I would LOVE the freedom this computer would give me to try out more and better design options - thank you!

- Lindsay
shrimpsaladcircus [!at] gmail dot com

Lindsay {Shrimp} said...

Tweet!
https://twitter.com/#!/ShrimpSalad/status/144135544849436675

artistsyl said...

oooo, this would be fun to create scrapbook kits with. I hope I win! Thank you for the chance and your girls are really cute :D

Heather7024 said...

This is such an awesome giveaway!

I am a college student in New Mexico and my parents have given me SO much.

I haven't been able to find work here at my college so I wasn't able to afford to buy my mom the one thing she really wanted this Christmas...a new computer to support the work she conducts online.

She's had the same computer for gosh...I don't know...maybe six years.

This computer would improve my life (and my parents' lives) greatly. I would love to be able to give them a great new computer! They already do so much, I would love to be able to give back what little I can!

Thank you for reading my (sort of) lengthy post!

May God bless!

-hrw2010@unm.edu or heatherwilliams2010@gmail.com

Holly said...

Totally need a new PC for the family, this one would be awesome!

rewcath said...

This HP touchsmart 320 is definetly on my christmas list, it's ease of use is what I need and my husband loves to create things with his photos and videos nupa123atgmaildotcom

rewcath said...

http://twitter.com/#!/rewcath/status/144248670634782721 tweeted @rewcath nupa123atgmaildotcom

Karen Klasi said...

We have the one computer household issue as well. The HP TouchSmart 320 PC would be a FABULOUS solution to this problem!

marybug2 said...

I would get things done so much faster. I have a very old computer and it takes for ever to move through the internet.

marybug2@yahoo.com

marybug2 said...

Tweeted
https://twitter.com/#!/marybug2/status/144443174230827009
marybug2 @ yahoo . com

Michelle said...

What an awesome opportunity! I'm in the process of transitioning to being my own boss and working from home and this computer would be fantastic. I've pining for one of these since they first came out but it just hasn't made it to the top of my "need to get" list. Good luck to everyone entering!

Anonymous said...

This is a brilliant prize..thanks for letting me enter (fingers crossed Santa!)

Unknown said...

I think this would speed things up greatly!

Living in La La Land said...

Wow! This looks amazing, what a great review.
This would be great since I am a full-time student and don't have a 'newer' computer and it takes me for-ev-er to get things done on it!
Thanks for the opportunity;)

Living in La La Land said...

Tweet:
http://twitter.com/#!/Living_LaLaLand/status/144656259340181504

Beeb said...

Thank you for the awesome giveaway!


~Beeb

supercoupongirl AT gmail.com

Beeb said...

I tweeted this here: https://twitter.com/#!/hardertobreathe/status/144656791081463809


~Beeb

supercoupongirl AT gmail.com

Anonymous said...

This would be the absolute perfect gift for my mom. She needs a new computer desperately but would never buy one since she has mine and my brother's school loans to worry about. She totally deserves this!!

channallocks said...

great contest, thank you

elizabeth p said...

This computer would actually be for my husband, he is a disabled veteran, working full time and going to school full time. He need a computer he doesn't have to fight with us to get on and do his school work. I am queenesperfect at yahoo.com

Janna Johnson said...

This cmoputer would give me an easy way to teach my nephew to use a computer! he's 4
thanks for a great contest! Janna Johnson www.feedyourpigblog.com
jannajanna@hotmail.com Janna Johnson on GFC

DJ said...

Great giveaway, my son would love a new computer! Thanks

TimeOutDad said...

My 5-year-old can become the next budding author, artist, musician, or whatever he wants to be with this! Thanks

TimeOutDad said...

My 5-year-old can become the next budding author, artist, musician, or whatever he wants to be with this! Thanks

Sizzle said...

Fantastic giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win. :-)

Howell said...

This touch PC looks like a game changer. Even the PC-phobic will want to play and touch it. So appealing in so many ways, it'll change everything about computing in the house.

hlee99 (at) gmail (dot) com

Julie From Inmates said...

My boys would love this sucker! And so would I. =)

Sophie said...

What a great giveaway! I already own a touchsmart laptop that I love, but a desktop would be perfect for the home.

Sophie said...

I tweeted this giveaway out to my twitter followers.

http://twitter.com/#!/chitownchica/status/145002248060149760

Peace Love and Pets said...

It would change my life because I have an old, slow desktop now and I have carpal tunnel, so not having to use the mouse as much would be a huge relief.

Peace Love and Pets said...

I tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/eyzofblu63/status/145004646497386496

sweetsue said...

This would help my family because we have too many people sharing a computer. Plus the touch screen would thrill my grandchildren!
smchester at gmail dot com

Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs said...

It would change my life because my husband would be THRILLED that I gave it to him to replace his clunky eight-year-old POS computer. (Or I'd give him my current one and *I* would get the new one...either way, he'd be happy.)

gramma said...

At seventy-years-old, I'm still trying to learn to fully use an old, slow-as-cold-molasses laptop but, with more than forty-five people (seven children, twenty-some grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren w/more on the way) and not financially able to buy Christmas presents, I'd LOVE winning this glorious electronic miracle and be able to give ONE grand present for Christmas!

smilekisses said...

The web cam would enable us to speak to distant family and friends. The touch screen would be awesome for the kids gaming.
dolniaks at consolidated dot net

smilekisses said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/smilekisses/status/145322236809711616
dolniaks at consolidated dot net

Gastronomic said...

This looks fantastic-- would like to have it!

Victorianrose said...

Swwweeeet, I'm putting my name in the bucket.

Amanda in GA said...

I would love to win this!! Think of all the fun crafty things I could do with it!!

Dianna said...

Pretty awesome! Would looove to have this for my kiddos! :)

mott2563 said...

with the touch screen there would not be heard in our little house the sound of voices telling curious little fingers, "Don't touch the screan you'll make it dirty" with this computer he could touch till his heart content and creat something he'd be proud of too.

dawns41 said...

It would change my life because typing is getting more and more difficult for me. I think the touch screen would give me more ability to stay on the computer longer and interact with people.
dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

Rochelle said...

This would save the competition for the computer. With three kiddos, me and the hubby there is always someone wanting to use it! This is so awesome!!!

Jennifer said...

My girls and I would love it! What an inspiration to learn new things in such an easy and fun way!

Ami w/AliLilly said...

I would LOVE to win this! My sweet 3 yr is under the impression that EVERYTHING is touch screen. This would certainly help her in thinking "see, I told you I'm right!" :)

Ami w/AliLilly said...

I tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/AliLilly73/status/145754374877093888

Stella said...

need to jumpstart my creativity....this would be just the ticket

fw said...

Would love to have this for our home!

coriwestphal said...

This would be incredible! Right now, our family of 4 shares 1 laptop. No fun. My kids are getting older and as they do, they are becoming more and more dependent on a computer for school. I'd love to be able to give them one, all to themselves, so they can learn and explore (without hogging mom's computer!)!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

coriwestphal said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/145955303136034817

coriwestphal at msn dot com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this for my home office! tracietrump@yahoo.com

jillyrh said...

I would be in heaven if I won this computer! Thanks for the chance!

Sh.wn...m said...

My Whole Family Would Love This COMPUTER! From School to Work to Entertainment, what more could a family ask for???? Except to WIN a brand NEW HP TouchSmart 320 PC! We are ecstatic!!!! Love it, Love it, Love it!!

Milcah said...

How could this change my life? I would have a fresh computer. Perhaps it would inspire some fresh ideas :D.

Milcah said...

http://twitter.com/#!/mommasreviews/status/146147129432358912

Anonymous said...

My computer is getting old and slow, so this would make me much more productive!

katfam95 at aim dot com

fozzy331 said...

This computer is more than awesome! My son would love this to use for watching his youtube video's and doing schoolwork! Would love to win!

Katie DeVito said...

Besides the fact that I'm seriously in need of a new computer I love that this has a touch screen. Plus the screen looks huge which is great for the eyes.

kt_taas (at) yahoo (dot) com

Loren said...

I would love to win I need a computer of my own. He hubby always has the computer.

Loren said...

I post it on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/Pandora_Elena

Rogue said...

Longshot, but why not try?
Nothing to lose. nice pc to gain :)

buzzd said...

It would help us all get organized with homework and pictures. The touchscreen would make it more fun and user friendly. I love the way it looks!

buzzd said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/#!/buzz8/status/146466832616923136

Christina said...

Definitely it would change my life,I don't need to share with his computer, I can use it in the kitchen and even can hook it up to our cable TV. How cool it is!

ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

Christina said...

I tweeted about this promotion: https://twitter.com/#!/ctong2/status/146530424682848256

ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

Gilty Girl said...

I loved this blogger's story. I remember those days when our kids were coming up in the 90s, space, visibility,taking turns all a challenge. We had to invade my husband's man cave to make computer time happen.

This is a great option and within reach for most families.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gilty-Girl-Vintage/166850016729791?ref=tn_tnmn

Nancy said...

It would be perfect for the corner area in the kitchen since it takes so little space. Then I would be able to keep tabs on what the kids are using it for and I would be able to use it for checking recipes when cooking and baking.

Nancy said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/njhhb/statuses/146659570301943808

Erica C. said...

This would be great as a family computer. I can really see the littlest ones having a blast on it.
ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

Jay & Janelle said...

The touchscreen would be great for my 3 year old who is just learning to use the computer!

Mia said...

I love the idea of having this on the kitchen counter. It would really be useful there instead of having to run into the other room to log onto the computer. My husband wouldn't complain since he could check his fantasy football scores without missing a snack - LOL! But actually I would rather hoard this for myself!

slehan said...

It would change my life because I wouldn't be tied down to my PC or have to use the library's computers.
Thanks for the contest.

slehan said...

blogged: http://slehan.blogspot.com/2011/12/win-hp-touchsmart-320-from-blogher.html

Anonymous said...

I'm very selective about what electronic gadgets enter my home. This one I would definitely let in..I think the whole family would find it useful, and my "just got to touch, can't help it" 7 year old especially.

Leslie K. said...

This would be wonderful for my teenage son to do his homework on. My oldest son recently moved out & took the only laptop we had with him. So now my younger son has to go to friends house to do homework & school projects. This would be a wonderful tool for him to succeed in his education.
Thx for the opportuniy to signup for this giveaway.
I tweeted about this giveaway. Here is the link- https://mobile.twitter.com/#!/llkelly316/status/146944273135316993
Thx again.
Leslie
nailmail16@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

The HP Touchsmart would change my life because my husband and I would never have to 'arrange' who would be able to use the computer at any given time, we would both be able to be on the computer at the same time.
april dot vrugtman at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

This would be an awesome addition to our household as we currently use two PCs but one of them is from 2004 and SO SLOW!!! Its almost unusable! I can't imagine how great it would be to have this one!!!! I bet our Netflix streaming would be SO much smoother and better on this PC! I wouldn't want to kill someone when wathing a movie! LOL OMG! Thanks for the chance to win!!!!
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/146963264264351744
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

Chyn said...

I would really love to win this. siangchyn@live.com

Anonymous said...

I think it would change our life because with the TV tuner we could get rid of our satellite dish (and maybe at the same time watch less tv!)

Alicia said...

I would love to use this computer to help my 7 year old daughter who is struggling with math. The touch screen would really help her, making it more intuitive. I would also use the features to teach my 4 year old how to begin to read. Basically this super awesome fantabulous computer would be an excellent teaching tool for my children.

emilybrooke at gmail dot com said...

My daughter would have so much fun with this!

emilybrooke at gmail dot com said...

https://twitter.com/#!/JoyfulAbode/status/147254174717968384 tweeted!

Sidnie said...

This computer is awesome and seems like the right fit for little ones to learn to navigate computers!

erma said...

I'd love to win cause I have two teens that would need this.
erma2167@sbcglobal.net

ferriz said...

i think it would change my life by allowing me to have more power than the dinky old computer i currently have. it would help me finish school assignments ( returning student ), and keep me sane during my limited amount of down time!

ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

CeltChick said...

oH,I am so in need of a new computer! Our's is slowly failing, and we're already shopping -- but the price on this one will put it out of our range. I will try to blog it, check it at
tresdivineDOTblogspotDOTcom.

Becca Ann said...

It would help my kids play learning games!
xxbeccaannxx@gmail.com

Its Just Me said...

I think it would change my life, because I will have more free time. With the touch screen, it will be alot faster to enter my sweeps.

itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

Its Just Me said...

tweet

https://twitter.com/#!/MistySunrise/status/147357535106633729

itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

Erin said...

Our desktop computer is getting SO old and slow... this would be a great replacement!

Erin said...

https://twitter.com/#!/erinojackson/status/147365542607597569

Jammie said...

This would help my life because my daughter would have something to do her school work on! sweepmorey at gmail dot com

Jammie said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/mommysdizzy/status/147378674524622848

predden said...

That would make my Christmas!

Denise S. said...

I would use this to go online from my bedroom instead of being stuck at my computer desk all the time.
lazybones344 at gmail dot com

ewhatley said...

It would change my life because I could use it while sitting the big easy chair instead of being stuck at my desk.

mybeachylife at gmail dot com

Princess Golden Hair said...

the HP TouchSmart 320 would change my life, no scratch that the lives of my whole family in a number of ways. It would be easier to save and use our family photos, for the kids to do their homework, for me to write lesson plans and keep grades, for my husband to use for his job search. What an amazing prize.

teechbiz at gmail dot com

Daniel M said...

looks like a great system for the kids to learn on! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Julieh said...

This would change my life because I could run my home business on this great computer, and watch movies on it too! honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

Julieh said...

tweeted:http://twitter.com/#!/honeypie411/status/147516494539005953

Anonymous said...

we would use it for homework

jdmimi at gmail dot com

cylis9 said...

I have a feeling this would head off to college with my daughter.....

Hillary said...

I think my kids would pass out if I won this! What an amazing thing to offer as a giveaway!
hillary1128@yahoo.com

xcynthisx said...

I am planning on returning back to school and finish the LVN program and this would be of GREAT help!

clynsg said...

Not really certain that it would change my life, but my current computer is into computer old age, and I would really like to see how touch screen would fit into the things I do on the ocmputer.

cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

Lynda said...

Dear Santa...please put this computer under my tree!

shelley said...

Our pc is about 8 years old and my kids are begging me for a new one. This would be a great surprise for them!!

shelleymikey at gmail dot com

Ginger Alexandria said...

Winning this would mean instead of me working from a "netbook" I could actually spend more time staring at a much larger screen. I've always wanted to try out an all-in-one.

Ginger Alexandria said...

Winning this all-in-one would give my eyes a break from constantly working and playing on a netbook.

Ginger Alexandria said...

Tweeted--> http://twitter.com/#!/gingralexandria/status/147708582966738944

Mari said...

My son would love this! He'd use it to display his artwork and to play games (and homework too!)

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Mari said...

http://twitter.com/#!/LuckyDuckyToo/status/147737580652331008

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Becky said...

Our computer just went kaplloooop...so this would be great...

Atreau said...

This would come in handy as the family use computer!

bev said...

Wonderful giveaway! It looks like the HP TouchSmart 320 is very easy to operate. This is something the entire family would enjoy. Thanks for having the contest!

brich2222 said...

It would change our life because we can ditch our old troubled laptop and replace it with this nice computer

brich22 at earthlink dot net

brich2222 said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/brich2222/status/147830591839145984

brich22 at earthlink dot net

Swtlilchick said...

This computer would really change my life and my
family.We have an old computer that is slow.This would give us the speed to get things done in a shorter period of time and with the touch screen,it would be so easy to navigate.We have been talking about getting an HP,but right now funds are limited.This would be a great edition to our life.Thanks so much

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

Swtlilchick said...

Tweeted this:https://twitter.com/#!/Swtlilchick/status/147836723689291776

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

spirit_kim said...

The HP Touchsmart would make my life easier, by helping me stay organized. It would be much faster than current situation.
gabe411 at hotmail dot com

loni broesch said...

This would be perfect for school work !

trippyjanet at gmail dot com

racheldunnigan said...

This would be a fantastic christas present for someone in my family. It would also come in handy to not have to use the laptop all the time!

EmmaPeel said...

This would change my life as this old computer I have can't do what this new fabulous one can, making my life faster and more easier with less stress in anything I do on it

Chris B said...

I'd love one so that maybe my two boys would stop pestering me to stop working (I telecommute fulltime) so that they can use my computer!

Kristen M. said...

I share my work computer with my kids. It would be great to have another computer for general family use. I like that the touch screen makes it easy to use. Also love that it is great for AV purposes - movies, etc.

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